Elizabeth of York: Tudor trophy wife

Lauren Browne

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This chapter explores how Elizabeth of York’s reputation was shaped during her lifetime, and how it was negotiated within the confines of Henry VII’s rule. A careful balance was needed to emphasise how their marriage had ended the Wars of the Roses, but not to overstate Elizabeth’s own dynastic claim. The rituals of queenship (such as marriage, coronation, the birth of heirs, and death) marked certain rites of passage for a consort. It was also during such rituals that the consort was most visible to her subjects. The way her queenship was represented demonstrated how she fitted into her husband’s kingship. By examining such rituals, as well as the material culture connected to her, this chapter explores how such a balance was orchestrated and maintained, leading Elizabeth to become more an ornament to Henry VII’s rule rather than his helpmate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTudor and Stuart consorts: power, influence, and dynasty
EditorsAidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, Joanna Laynesmith, Danna Messer, Elena Woodacre
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783030951979
ISBN (Print)9783030951962, 9783030951993
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameQueenship and Power
ISSN (Print)2730-938X
ISSN (Electronic)2730-9398


  • Royal studies
  • Elizabeth of York
  • Queenship
  • Queen-consort
  • Tudor
  • Tudor consorts
  • Monarchy Studies


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